Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, amazon.co.uk mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the last.fm client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes last.fm think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

― kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

― dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

How on earth are they going to make any money out of this model? I can only imagine that once they've got a critical mass of people using it, they're going to radically increase the amount of advertising.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, if I click on the related artists link then I get the full whack.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:35 (six days ago) Permalink

Just a layout thing: If the artist has a Latest Release, the Related Artists section expands to match the combined height of the Latest Release and Popular sections.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:34 (six days ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, obvious in hindsight. As a listening strategy I like to pick a couple of artists and try to get to them using only the relate artist link and found it frustrating that a lot only had 4 choices.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:05 (six days ago) Permalink

so after several weeks of my playlists not loading on the Roku App, Spotify "fixed" this by just removing playlists from the app altogether. What the hell is even the point anymore? Each new change has been a progressively worse product. I jumped into a premium subscription as soon as it was available and have been a power user since then, and it's been sad and frustrating to watch it slide downhill.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:58 (six days ago) Permalink

What the hell is even the point anymore? Each new change has been a progressively worse product.

see also: every computer program or app ever made, it seems

sleeve, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:58 (six days ago) Permalink

that may be true, but this seems like a particularly egregious case. When it was first released in the US, it worked like a dream. It seems that the changes they've put in place were designed specifically to undermine or remove all of the coolest features. I don't get why they'd do that, is there some kind of money to be saved?

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:01 (six days ago) Permalink

wait is that for real? new versions of Spotify no longer have playlists? holy shit.

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:02 (six days ago) Permalink

new version of the spotify roku app

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:05 (six days ago) Permalink

*slowly puts down gun*

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:08 (six days ago) Permalink

still that's shitty as hell

i'm still sore that they haven't restored good local files functionality to the program. my osx client spotify version is from 2014! that's the last time it worked the way i want it to.

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:08 (six days ago) Permalink

Yes, the local files situation is pretty bad. Also pissed that the Android app removed Play All button from folders. It was the only way to group together playlists in cool configurations or get >10,000 tracks in a list.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:11 (six days ago) Permalink

new version of the spotify roku app

― Moodles, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:05 PM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the roku app has always sucked

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:14 (six days ago) Permalink

this goes for most roku apps afaict

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:15 (six days ago) Permalink

It's never been great, but I used it a lot. It's pretty much worthless without playlists.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:39 (six days ago) Permalink

Other roku apps I use, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, YouTube, Twitch, all do pretty much what I'd expect them to. They certainly aren't hopelessly hosed.

Moodles, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:46 (six days ago) Permalink

Well, I tried to put Spotify on my Roku to see what you were talking about, but I can't even find it in the Channel Store...

glenn mcdonald, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:17 (five days ago) Permalink

update to spotify portion of sonos app seems to have made switching between family plan accounts easier :-)

Sufjan Grafton, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:20 (five days ago) Permalink

xp

Which roku do you have?

https://channelstore.roku.com/details/19977/spotify

Moodles, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:29 (five days ago) Permalink

the roku playlists thread on the spotify community page has been very active, dozens of posts every day, lots of very pissed off people

Moodles, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:25 (five days ago) Permalink

Forget where the general streaming music thread is, but this story is of interest:

https://gizmodo.com/streaming-music-services-from-most-screwed-to-least-sc-1793612699

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:11 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh no, Pono!

Moodles, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:39 (two days ago) Permalink

I'd love to see one ranking music services from most fucked up apps to most functional

Moodles, Saturday, 25 March 2017 14:41 (two days ago) Permalink

Deezer is doomed for sure. I've actually got Deezer Premium which comes free with my landline, and as a streaming platform it's no worse than Spotify. The desktop client is better than Spotify's (although local music is still pretty shit), the mobile clients are well-designed and stable, the web player is good, the Flow suggestion-engine is pretty good too. It does the basics right.

Problem is, beside a shitload of Frenchies who get it rammed down their throat with their mobile/landline service, nobody else is on it so the whole social aspect and subscribing to cool curated/collaborative playlists is pretty much a no-go. At the first opportunity I'll drop it for Spotify Premium, and I'm pretty sure everyone else feels the same. Six million subscribers looks impressive, but if your business relies on bundling/force-feeding and nobody would otherwise consider the product, you're doomed, just as much as RealPlayer, Google+ and Hangouts.

Siegbran, Saturday, 25 March 2017 15:23 (two days ago) Permalink

I've worked on at least three of those services, two which are already kaput and pono, #1 most likely to die. (And a couple of others they don't mention. Rara for one)

Such things are hard. A lot of companies think they'd like to have their own offering, but getting a big enough foothold to make it pay is difficult, especially given the existence of Spotify.

I was there when they turned off the servers serving pono content. They were switching to 7 digital, I think. Shocked that the website is non functional 8 months later. Would kind of like a pono T-shirt though.

koogs, Sunday, 26 March 2017 12:43 (yesterday) Permalink

poor pono

sleeve, Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:22 (yesterday) Permalink


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